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Sportive bike upgrade options

Firstly, apologies this has been asked 100 times already but some buying advice please most learned audience.
I adore my Wilier but it's about(!) 12 years old now and I want a change. Current bike is an old carbon Triestina Mortirolo (large), running on Fulcrum 3s, Campag Potenza - I am open to any brand running gear. My budget is £3000... in the knowledge that I'll have to change the wheels in the future (that's another thread, decent wheels under £800)... and what is that all about, paying £3000 for a bike with a set of £250 wheels on it??
Staying with Wilier, the Cento 10 NDR seems a good fit. I like the Garda but it seems like a lot of money for what it is.
I'm a sportive and general fitness rider (just hit 50) so I prefer a more relaxed geometry but also something that will go up hills (even if the engine struggles). I found the American brands twitchy when I thought about doing this 5 years ago but I'm open to all comers.
Thanks in advance for any suggestions.


  • MattFalleMattFalle Posts: 11,644
    Synapse with a set of Prime 50s most probs hits all your requirements tbh
    The camera down the willy isn't anything like as bad as it sounds.
  • imposter2.0imposter2.0 Posts: 11,988

    but also something that will go up hills

    I'm struggling to think of a bike that *won't* go uphill....

  • pblakeneypblakeney Posts: 22,969
    Personally I'd go with some lush tyres, new bibs & saddle.
    Spend the rest on a cycling holiday.
    The above may be fact, or fiction, I may be serious, I may be jesting.
    I am not sure. You have no chance.
    Veronese68 wrote:
    PB is the most sensible person on here.
  • but also something that will go up hills

    I'm struggling to think of a bike that *won't* go uphill....

    Ha ha, I guess I mean not too heavy
  • singletonsingleton Posts: 2,395
    If you want to change the wheels then I'd advise doing it immediately and not riding the bike at all on the supplied wheels. I did this with my last purchase and got a decent price for the wheels that I took off.

    Some stores will let you change wheels when you order, e.g. someone like
    offer wheel upgrades at time of order.

    Otherwise you can go direct and some companies will let you choose your spec in some cases - availability will be a challenge though so I'm not sure what your timelines are..

    Some of the canyon endurance models are available April/May time, e.g.:

    Going direct to Orbea might work for you - if they have availability - as you have some component choice when you order, e.g: is £2500 list or you can specify Vision 40 carbon wheels for £700 more.

    Ribble can give you build spec choices as well, but availability is May at the earliest.

    Some carbon road bikes are available and you can specify different wheels.
    They are quoting 45 days to build their Hurricane titanium bike, but you could get a Force 22 groupset (other options available) and Fulcrum Airbeat 40 carbon wheels for £2800.
  • MattFalleMattFalle Posts: 11,644
    This exactly re wheels.

    i took my S3 out of the box, took the stock wheels off straightaway and sold them with the tyres on the next day for a very honest price.

    if you don't need/want them get rid.

    The camera down the willy isn't anything like as bad as it sounds.
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